In Italian, PortaBella means beautiful door.
In Carmel, it's a threshold well worth crossing.
During the day, passerby on Ocean Avenue are lured in by the sight of diners happily engaged in food and conversation on the picturesque flagstone patio. At night, heady aromas and laughter waft innocuously out the famed front door each time it is opened.
Once inside, you're instantly transported to the sun countries of the Mediterranean with "La Cuisine du Soleil."